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Is It A Good Idea For The NBA To Extend Their All-Star Break To 8 Days?

Submitted by on August 14, 2014 – 9:06 amNo Comment

The NBA is going to give its players a break come February. A big break.

According to Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski, the league is going to extend their annual NBA All-Star break in February next season and give most players about eight days off in the middle of the season. It’s an idea that has been floating around for a few years now. But with the NBA looking to find ways to give players more of a break during the season, but hesitant to extend the season further into June, they’ve decided to extend their All-Star break during the upcoming season to see how players like having eight days off during the year. And while not all players will get to reap the advantages of having an eight-day vacation—many of the league’s top stars take part in the NBA All-Star Game every year and all of the festivities that surround it—the extended break is a great idea for a variety of reasons.

Here are just a few of the reasons why we’re glad to see the NBA giving their guys a few extra days off:

  1. It will (hopefully!) limit the fatigue that some players feel come March and April and prevent some injuries from taking place. The break will ideally allow players to rest up and give them a much-needed escape from basketball for a week.
  2. The break will allow more players to participate in things like the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. One of the reasons why some players have chosen not to do it in the past is because it cuts into their All-Star break. It will still do that but, thanks to the extended break, they’ll still get time off even if they do choose to participate in the All-Star activities.
  3. It will give NBA general managers a chance to work out trades before the NBA trade deadline—without taking the focus away from the NBA All-Star activities.
  4. It will allow teams to re-tool for the second half of the season and rethink their approach to the rest of their schedule. Ideally, we will get to see teams return from the All-Star break focused and ready to go.
  5. It will mean that teams will be playing more regularly both before and after the All-Star break. Because they’ll be on a break for eight days, they’ll have to play more games during other parts of the season, which means that there will be more action for fans to watch.

In general, we love the idea of the NBA giving players an eight-day break and hope that it works out. Because while those eight NBA-less days will be tough to manage, we think that, ultimately, the eight-day break will work out great for both NBA players and their fans.

Do you like the idea of the NBA giving their players eight days off in February?

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